Tag Archives: Students

Where have they gone? Graduate Destinations is coming!

Have you ever wondered what happens to UC graduates once they leave us? Look no further!

The Ako Marake | Evaluation and Student Insights team will invite all former students who completed a degree in 2020 to complete the Graduate Destinations Survey next week.

The Graduate Destinations Survey (or GDS for short) is one of UC’s longest-standing annual surveys. It asks recent graduates about their employment, any volunteer roles they hold, and whether they’re undertaking any further study. The GDS helps provide advice to current and prospective UC students around trends in the employment market, further studies, and salary information. It also provides information to help improve our programmes and student support services.

If you can’t wait to get your hands on the data, you can check out last year’s findings on ESI’s data dashboards here. Otherwise, keep your eyes peeled for the 2021 results due for release at the end of September.

For any questions, or if you would like ESI to come to speak to your team about this dashboard and others, please email Ellie Kay and Elyse Thompson at surveys@cantebury.ac.nz.

Closing the Loop – What Counts to UC Students

The Ako Marake | Evaluation and Student Insights team has created a one-page infographic of high-level results of 2021’s UCount survey to close the feedback loop with students.

The below infographic will be distributed via the UC screens, on Tūpono, and posted on selected notice boards across campus.

In April this year, a survey was sent to 15,972 enrolled students. The survey asked questions regarding student experience focusing on both the in-classroom and wider university environment. In total, 4,825 students returned valid/completed surveys, equating to a response rate of 30% (margin of error of 2% at the 99% confidence interval).

This data is available across a variety of ESI’s dashboards – you can check them out here.

ESI’s next survey, the Graduate Destinations Survey, is releasing next week. This time, we’ll be checking in with 2020 graduates to see what they’re up to now. Keep your eye out on Tū Ki Te Tahi for updates on 2020 graduates later in the year!

For any questions, or if you would like ESI to come to speak to your team about student survey data, please email Ellie Kay and Elyse Thompson at surveys@canterbury.ac.nz.

Surveying UC students? Here’s what you need to know!

Did you know that there’s a policy that supports any surveying of UC students? If you collect survey data on students, this article is for you!

The UC Student Community Online Survey Policy (Survey Policy) covers all surveying of enrolled students or have graduated from UC. The policy outlines the conditions required for students receiving requests to participate in online surveys and the application processes and procedures for scheduling online surveys.

You can check out the Survey Policy here. Here are the key points to know:

  • Surveys that collect data to improve teaching and learning do not need consent unless the data may be used for publication
  • All other surveys that are distributed to students need express approval from the Office of the DVC-A. Complete this tool to start this iterative process
  • Contact details of students are categorised as “personal information” under New Zealand Privacy Laws, meaning that contact details of students must not be shared. Examples of this include, but are not limited to:
        • Providing lists of student emails to colleagues not involved with teaching within a specific course
        • Providing student email addresses to postgraduate students to enable data collection for research purposes
  • In line with the Privacy Policy and NZ’s privacy legislation, a student cannot be emailed an invitation to participate in a survey without either prior consent from the student or the Office of the DVC-A
        •  This includes sending an email invitation to students on someone else’s behalf (including from other institutions)
  • Agreement to participate in one project does not automatically constitute agreement to be contacted about subsequent projects unless this consent is explicitly given

The Survey Policy aims to protect against survey fatigue in particular groups of students and ensure the strategic goals of UC by enabling the collection of quality information. The Evaluation and Student Insights team will work with staff to identify other opportunities to recruit survey participants.

Major strategic surveys are conducted annually at UC and provide a wealth of information that is accessible to all staff via the UC Data Dashboards. Topics include Learning and Teaching, Well-being, Belonging, and Equity and Diversity. All data can be filtered by major subject area and other demographics, including age, gender, LGBTQIA+, ethnicity and more to allow for meaningful insights.

All staff can access the UC Data Dashboards here.

For any questions about the Survey Policy, or if you would like ESI to come to speak to you or your team about student survey data, please email Ellie Kay and Elyse Thompson at surveys@canterbury.ac.nz.

For any questions about UC’s Privacy Policy or NZ privacy legislation, please email records@canterbury.ac.nz.

Closing the Loop – Feedback from the 2020 Student Experience Survey

The Ako Marake | Evaluation and Student Insights team has created a one-page infographic of high level results of 2020’s UCount and UCPEQ surveys to close the feedback loop with students. The infographic, shown below, will be distributed via the UC screens, on Tūpono, and will be posted on selected notice boards across campus.

In August 2020 17,372 enrolled students received an invitation to participate in the annual Student Experience survey. The survey asked a number of questions about the student experience focusing on both the in-classroom and wider university environment. In total, 6,053 students returned valid/completed surveys, equating to a response rate of 35% (margin of error of 1% at the 99% confidence interval).

This data is available across a variety of ESI’s dashboards – you can check them out here.

The 2021 round of the UCount survey runs between 23rd April – 16th May, with data expected to be available around the end of May. The ESI team will be promoting this new round of data collection over the coming weeks, highlighting some of the great prizes available for students to win. Staff can help promote the survey by encouraging students to participate, ensuring that they know that their opinions are valued and acted upon.

Keep your eye out on Tū Ki Te Tahi for 2021 data dashboard updates.

For any questions, or if you would like ESI to come speak to your team about student survey data, please email Ellie Kay and Elyse Thompson at surveys@canterbury.ac.nz.